Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
January 17, 2017 - Florida Keys

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Back in Wisconsin

Our nine day visit in Lincoln with Korey and Cathryn went by all too quickly. We were able to spend some time with the kids, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The weather during the week after Easter was rainy and chilly, so we didn’t get out much. Korey had Wednesday afternoon off, so he came and spent a few hours hanging with his parents. On Thursday, they both came over for dinner. On Friday we took them out to Granite City, one of Kevin’s favorite spots, for dinner.

Saturday was beautiful with a high of 73. It was a bit windy, but still a nice day for a round of golf. The four of us played nine holes. I wasn’t sure how my ankle would hold out, but I wanted to go. We had a riding cart, and my ankle did okay. By the eighth hole, I was limping a bit, but by the next day it was fine again.

Golf with Korey and Cathryn April 11 in Lincoln

Golf Ev and Cathryn April 11 in Lincoln

Yesterday we arrived back at Derge park in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. We got set up, and then drove to the Dodge County Parks office to get the paperwork for our drug screenings. This year Kevin and I are both park employees. I have been hired as the Park Attendant and Kevin is the Park Caretaker again. We will both be working 24 hours a week. The drug screening results take a few days, so by the end of the week we should be cleared to begin working.

Today we’ll be meeting with our new boss, Dan. The previous park foreman retired, so we’ll see if Dan makes any changes in how things are done. We’re very happy to both have a paying job here at Derge Park. We love this park and the peaceful setting.

One thing I do wish we had is 50 amp electric. As with many state and county parks, we only have a 30 amp plug. It’s really not that big of a deal, except that I forgot and already blew the breaker this morning. Yup, running the heat pump and then turning on the fireplace was too much. I just have to get used to being a bit conservative with electrical items again.

This week’s weather is forecast to be sunny in the high 60s all week. Perfect weather to get out and start a walking routine again. Since I sprained my ankle two months ago, I have not been doing much exercising. The scale has reflected that fact, so its time to get serious about getting rid of those dreaded extra pounds.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Joyous Easter

We hope all of you had a joyous Easter day. We sure did!

Its been several years since we’ve been able to spend Easter with Korey, so it was a real treat to spend the day with Korey and Cathryn. Of course, we missed the rest of our family; but did call them and had a nice conversation with everyone in Wisconsin.

We started the day by attending church where Cathryn sings in the Celebration Choir. She’s the one in the middle behind the little girl. They sang two beautiful songs including the Hallelujah Chorus, which is one of my favorites.

Cathryn singing in church on Easter

Then we headed back to their apartment where we were treated to a delicious ham dinner. After dinner, we took a walk around their neighborhood on a sunny 70 degree day. Some of the trees are starting to bloom in Lincoln. Sure was a beautiful day.

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After the walk, it was time for dessert. I brought poppy seed cake. This is one of Kevin and Korey’s favorites. The recipe is from Kevin’s mom and has lots of steps, so I usually only make it once or twice a year.

We sure appreciate that we were able to spend the day with our kids. In order to be here in time, we did three long travel days getting from Phoenix to Lincoln.

Both of us were ready to get out of the Arizona heat, but because we didn’t do a gradual trek north; we were in for a bit of a weather shock.

The first night we stayed at Enchanted Trails RV Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s a Passport America park and a great place for a one night stop. It was quite windy, but we were glad we weren’t there a day later. They were expecting 60 mph wind gusts the next day.

Originally, we planned to stop the next night in the Denver area. The weather forecast was for snow and below freezing temps that night in the Denver area, so we made a motel reservation at the Super 8 in Fort Morgan, Colorado rather than mess around with setting the RV up in cold and snow.

I learned an important lesson about believing what you read on websites. The Super 8 in Fort Morgan claimed to have parking for semis and RVs. The last hour drive before we arrived was in sleet, so we were ready to call it a day. When we got there, Kevin had to weave through an Arby’s parking lot to get to the hotel. The parking lot was not at all large. Luckily, we were there early enough so there weren’t that many cars. The office lady told us to park along the perimeter, taking up a whole row of parking spaces. By morning, the lot was full, and Kevin had to again weave through the lot to get out. I’ll definitely be calling ahead if we ever do this again.

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It ended up snowing about an inch overnight, but the roads were just wet in the morning. It sure was cold out; only 27 degrees when we left. As we continued our drive through Colorado, there was some snow and ice in the fields; a very pretty site. By the time we reached Nebraska, the snow was gone.

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Today is a super special day for Wisconsin sports fans. It is opening day for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. Our son Eric is lucky enough to be attending. Tonight the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team is playing in the final game of the NCAA March Madness tournament. They haven’t won it since 1941, so I’m sure all of Wisconsin has high hopes. The semi-final game against Kentucky was very exciting. After some of the poor sportsmanship shown by a few Kentucky players, I’m glad Wisconsin beat them.

We'll be seeing Korey and Cathryn a few more times this week. Our plan is to leave here next Sunday and arrive in Wisconsin on Monday.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!